Friday Jun 13, 2008

Things to do on your day off #13671

Fun with Pixelblocks

Update: Here's a QuickTime version for those of you who can't handle .oggs yet...

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

VMware 1, Parallels 0

I'd been using Parallels 3.0 for the past few weeks to run SXDE 2 on my MacBook Pro, but started having problems when I upgraded to Solaris Nevada build 69-- the X server wouldn't start any more, and I just couldn't get it going at all.

I took the opportunity to try out the VMware Fusion Beta instead, and so far it's the clear winner. It does feel a trifle slower than Parallels (even with debugging turned off), and its snapshots aren't as flexible, only allowing one per VM. But its VM tools for Solaris are way ahead of Parallels' non-existent offering-- clock sync, on-the-fly desktop resize, copy/paste/drag+drop from Solaris <-> OS X... nice. (Haven't figured out if shared folders are supposed to work on Solaris yet or not-- the settings are available which suggest they should, but the folders I've nominated don't show up anywhere obvious, so I'm guessing they don't.)

Assuming it's just as happy at full screen on my Sun 24" display when I get into the office, I'll be sticking in the VMware camp for now.

Edit: Oh, and did I mention that Solaris sound and networking work out of the box on VMware too?

Thursday Nov 30, 2006

PowerBook woes

My 15" Powerbook G4 died in various interesting ways yesterday.

It's been making a scary buzzing noise for months, but yesterday the hard drive gave up the ghost. While doing some diagnostics in its death throes, I also noticed that I seem to be suffering from the logic board failure that causes half your memory to go AWOL. Not sure which of those was responsible for the buzzing noise (if either)-- will find out when I replace the disk in the next day or two, I guess.

Of course, Apple being Apple, they'll only admit that the logic board was faulty on a certain range of PB G4s, with serial numbers from W8503xxxxxx to W8518xxxxxx... and three guesses whose is a W8502. So no free repair for me.

I guess that leaves me three possibilities (four if you count "do nothing and hope it doesn't get any worse")... sell my 2x512Mb memory sticks and replace them with a 1xGb stick in the 'good' slot (and hope none of the more serious symptoms of the failure appear); purchase AppleCare now for €450, even though I'll only get a year out of it now rather than three, and have it repaired under that; or pay the somewhat ludicrous €690+ that my local Apple authorised repair shop quoted me. Hrmm.

Edit: D'oh, just realised you can only buy AppleCare within a year of purchase, of course. Just have to cross my fingers for a while then, I think :)

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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